NASA Scientists Found A New Solar System With The Possibility Of Life

Submitted by: normalfreak2 5 months ago in Science

According to The Independant, three of the seven planets that have been discovered are NASA's "holy grail for planet-hunting astronomers," because they have been found to be at the "right temperature to allow alien life to flourish." They're 40-light-years away, but these three planets are already being compared to Earth in terms of their atmosphere. 

Guess where mankind as we know it will be relocating when Earth taps out...


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Male 5,424
At fancylad What is going on with IAB I can no longer post animated Gifs OR JPG pictures from either my hard drive nor from web pages Also I have had posts dissapear right in the middle of editing them or I try editing a post and suddenly it switches to another post so I start edit in one and finish in another IAB is really screwy lately
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Male 306
Well somebody better be working on that Warp drive.
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wellsy57 Male 3,605 
thezigrat 16 hours ago
As I told you guys, you should be backing Miguel Alcubierre's  work in Warp physics. It is showing great promise in high speed interstellar travel.
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Male 1,670
thezigrat I find it interesting that you mention Alcubierre.  I first heard of the Alcubierre drive in a series called The Undying Mercenaries; color me stupid when I was watching a space / physics documentary that introduced the real guy.  I've been fascinated with the concept ever since I found out it was a real concept.

Fuck light speed, just fold space-time.  
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Male 7,574
insaneai Not sure if it's possible at least with current  understanding of Physics.  String theory and space folding and multiverse are having serious issues at this moment.
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Male 1,670
normalfreak2 My understanding, based on the documentary, is that folding space is possible with our current understanding of physics.  The problem is figuring out how to take advantage of it.  I remain hopeful but not expecting long enough to see it happen.
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Male 5,424
Lets wait and see if these are truly habitable, ie wait till the data is Analised for atmosphere and water contents before Humans begin to plan on how they can fuck them up
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Male 3,766
"if"
"could"
"earth-sized"
"in habitual zone"
"that are terrestrial"

O.K.  Sherlock Hemlock.  This speculation warrants a huge world-wide press report of could's and if's about something light years away, which even if we left now, we wouldn't be there for several thousand years, if ever?  Don't you think a more pressing breakthrough would be humans being able to reproduce in space, faster than light travel, or even a faster way to explore the solar-system in detail?

No sir, just more hype and speculation over something no one alive today will likely ever see with their own eyes, aside from forthcoming digital edited images and artist's impressions of them, just enough to quell the people over our inaction of putting a base on the moon.

And as the comments on these things too often show: hook line and sinker.
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Male 7,574
monkwarrior Well a major hurdle to these is Religion.  Proving theirs life outside of Earth will rattle the cages of Religious institutions.  In fact it may even bring us all together.  Knowing we aren't alone means we need to get our act together and work together.  At least that's how I see it.

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Male 3,766
normalfreak2 I don't think you understand religion very well if you think that finding life outside of earth will rattle religion, faith in God, or the lessons and guidance and importance of living a life of righteousness they teach.
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Male 1,670
normalfreak2 There doesn't have to be a conflict finding other species and religion.  God works in mysterious ways, including not telling us everything.

I have an uber-liberal friend with a saying you may be interested in:   I like the teachings of Jesus Christ, I just can't stand some of the people who claim to follow Him.

P.S.  I'm not trying to start a 5Cats/squirlz4ever fight here, I am however trying to serve as a catalyst for discussion.  We've been getting along lately and I want it to stay that way.
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Male 7,574
insaneai I completely AGREE with that sentiment.  Jesus was a great liberal, now if only his followers were as much as he was=)
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Male 5,424
insaneai No one tries to pick a fight with the Quint. Anything you say could set him off
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Male 2,887
This...this is awesome-sauce...

fancylad those of us humans that get the chance to venture there will be qualified to do so...us humans aren't all that stoopid ;)
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Male 898
I envision our arrival on other planets to be a lot like Columbus landing in the new world: I.e. Not really good for the new world or its inhabitants. Let's see if we can keep from totally fucking up our own planet before we spread our love around the universe.
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Male 5,424
woodyville06  That's what I have been saying about our arrival only it's more like the Spanish in Mexico Or possibly the Romans in Greece
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Male 898
thezigrat or the Germans in Poland... 
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Male 5,424
woodyville06 I was trying to avoid that comparison ( but true)
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Male 5,424
As I told you guys, you should be backing Miguel Alcubierre's  work in Warp physics. It is showing great promise in high speed interstellar travel. Also study Magnetism and its  theoretical applications in interplanetary travel and gravity drives.  Look these up if you think I'm BSing you all
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Male 20,599
Even if we CAN get there (read squrlz4ever's post), we'll fuck those planets up too. That said, if there's proof of life on those planets, I hope us civilians get to find about it. I wonder if the government would want to keep the idea of other life forms on these planets from us.
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Male 5,133
fancylad most probably we will fuck those planets too but in the meantime  we will found other planets to colonize. Maybe we are just a disease of the universe, we are like parasites of the space but diseases and parasites usualy are hard to destroy.


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Male 5,424
piperfawn Some might consider you a food source rather than a disease
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Male 2,621
fancylad Seriously fancy...get over the whole "we fuck it all up" syndrome.  It's boring and more than a little arrogant to spit on man's achievements while reaping the benefits of same.  So far we're the only known civilization in all of fucking creation and pardon the fuck out of us if we don't get it all perfect in the first 5,000 years.      
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Male 3,982
dromed OK, someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
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Male 2,621
squrlz4ever No. I did not.  I'm just tired of the whole leftist "we care more about the planet" than the rest of you.  The whole "I am of superior intellect and morality" because I take every opportunity to tear down my species finding fault wherever I can.
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Male 2,716
dromed frack baby frack. one of your mottos
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Male 3,982
dromed Well, from a squirrel's perspective? You hoomans are pretty amazing. Howzzat? But can you guys cool it a bit with all the cutting down of the trees? That concerns me.
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Male 5,424


I know a nice cute little Hyrax that's interested in you, Just don't let her vampire fangs throw you off. Also don't piss off her relatives, they are closely related to elephants
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Male 5,424
thezigrat  IAB won't let me post her picture :-(
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Male 5,424
squrlz4ever Most of the trees cut down are fast growing trees that are farmed and for every tree cut down 2 like it are planted that will grow to maturity in just 10 years
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Male 5,424
thezigrat I actually got 10 of these trees as just dead looking tangle of roots, I thought they were dead but I planted them anyway and they All grew and after about 3 years they were all almost 7 feet tall
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Male 3,982
thezigrat Well, that's good to keep in mind. I like trees? But what about the Amazon rainforests? 
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Male 5,424
dromed You will know another soon
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Male 5,424
fancylad The government would deport them as illegal aliens from their planets because they don't have green cards
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Male 3,982
I dunno guys. Unless something revolutionary occurs soon in the world of physics, the possibility of man reaching those planets is next-to-nil. Most experts I've been reading say we'd be doing phenomenally well if we could develop a spacecraft that could travel at an average of 10% the speed of light. So even in that rosy scenario, we're looking at a trip of... 400 years.

Unfortunately, I think the chance of man surviving long enough on this planet to develop a way to travel such distances is slim. We are a long, long, long, long, long way away from any planets outside our own solar system. Pretty to look at and fun to think about, but barring the discovery of some kind of cosmic wormholes, out of reach.
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Male 2,621
squrlz4ever Now my furry friend have a little more hope.  Man is a pretty smart and resourceful creature and no offense...you're a squirrel with a tiny brain and a cute bushy tail.  A little over a hundred years ago it was inconceivable to many that man could fly.  44 years later, jets were breaking the sound barrier.  22 years after that, we were landing of the moon.  7 years after that New York to London could be done in 3.5 hours by the Concorde.  5 more years and we had the space shuttle.  All that in less than 100 years!  The cosmic ocean awaits.  I think we'll be full on swimming in it sooner than anybody alive today would dare to guess.         
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Male 5,424
thezigrat Hopefully with in 9 years 11 months and 15 days
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Male 20,599
dromed There's a law for that, right? The law of how quickly technology is advancing -- "the Law of Accelerating Returns?" 
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Male 3,982
dromed I do hope you're right. If man (and squirrels) can expand our range beyond our solar system, it would be magnificent.

That said, a lot of people don't appreciate the scale of distance involved. Let's put it this way. If the Earth were the size of a grape (seeded or seedless, your choice), these three planets would be about 225,000 miles away or roughly the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
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Male 5,424
squrlz4ever Voyager 1 , The fastest interplanetary craft currently on mission has been traveling for 40 years and has not yet even reached the Ort cloud boundary of the Sun's Planetary system yet. To put it in more simple terms On A drive to California, The New Yorker hasn't left his drive way yet.
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Male 5,133
squrlz4ever Solar wind sail,cryogenic embryos and computers that follows all the trip and the beginning of the colonization, this is what we need. Sending humans alive on this travel is useless but we can still send our genes there. Probably nobody that lives on the Earh will never exit our solar system but our genes and our specie they can with a deep development of technics we allready have.

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Male 5,424
piperfawn It is already being done on a mass scale
With Millions of  eggs frozen for an 180 LY journey.
Just waiting for the right ocean conditions to be hatched
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Male 3,982
piperfawn Interesting ideas there, Piper. Sounds... well, like it might be possible. Can you imagine being born on a distant planet in an incubator and raised by a robot that's been filled with all human knowledge (at time of launch, 400 year ago)?

There is a really good science fiction novel in there, if it hasn't been written already.
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Male 5,133
squrlz4ever well is just my tought, i dont know if some novel have the same pattern. The idea come from the fact that our fastest vehicles are the space explorers artificial satelites, they are pretty fast but also pretty small and they cant carry much weight or volumes. So instead to send "grown" humans that needs lot of resources, volume and energy with a survival % really low we send our gene code assisted  by the best technology we have. This will take anyway lot of time but the chances of succes are much higer and requires less efforts.
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Male 5,424
piperfawn You could have such ships constructed in space, there fore weight and size would not be as much of a problem.
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Male 5,424
piperfawn In your story you could have those ships automated to terraform the planet before allowing the Embryos to grow. Maybe adjust the chemistry of the waters and make the land more fertile. Thus they are raised on a planet more suited  to their needs
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Male 5,424
piperfawn It is possible In just a few short years your science fiction story may become fact
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Male 3,982
piperfawn I nominate YOU to write this science fiction novel. It's an amazing idea. Just think how many Euros you could get if Hollywood bought the screen rights. You could buy two Lamborghinis!
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Male 5,424
squrlz4ever Or 1000  Hugos
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Male 5,133
squrlz4ever lol i would prefere to buy the chance to send my genes up there.

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Male 5,424
piperfawn Of course If you flipped the story around How would one defend against such colonization? (given your current technology?)
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Male 5,424
squrlz4ever Guess we were lucky All 4 of our planets were with in 1 au of 72A. Made the first objects of space exploration a lot more attainable and more encouraging although at the time we could not feel that.
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Male 5,424
squrlz4ever Hey I gave a few hints of good areas to research in the hover bike post. Not my fault is humans ignore them
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Male 5,424
But what are the coordinates? That's an important thing to know. BTW K2-72A system has 2 Habitable planets :-) And It's only a short 180 LY away. Just a few 30 years travel at 6C
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Male 313
thezigrat I believe this solar system is around 40 light years away, which is practically our back yard
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Male 5,424
mrsnowmeiser Yep: :-) Very interesting <Attempting German accent >

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